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Yankees manager Joe Girardi believes in Carlos Beltran getting going
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:07 pm ET) Yankees veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran isn't hitting well to start the 2015 season. Beltran is hitting a lowly .173 and just 6 for 39 batting left-handed. After going with Chris Young over Beltran in the lineup Saturday, manger Joe Girardi had words of encouragement for the veteran, according to The Journal News.

"I know he's frustrated," Girardi said. "He had a couple big hits the other day. It's been a little bit harder left-handed for him, but I really believe he's going to get going. I do. He probably needs a break here and there and it will start happening for him."

Beltran also sat out two games last week due to an illness and Girardi was worried he wasn't ready to come back when he did.

"I'm sure it hasn't helped," Girardi said. "I thought he was still somewhat weak in Detroit. At the end of the road trip, he still had a little bit of a chest cold. I think he's better now. He's really important to our offense and we have to get him going."


Cards INF Pete Kozma to serve as emergency catcher on Saturday
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(6:06 pm ET) With catcher Yadier Molina day to day due to a sore knee, INF Pete Kozma caught a side session and will serve as the Cardinals' emergency catcher Saturday in Milwaukee, reports MLB.com.

Molina took a foul tip off his right knee guard in Friday's win and is experiencing soreness.

Tony Cruz gets the start behind the plate for the Cards.

Angels C.J. Cron continues heating up with three-hit Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:05 pm ET) When the season began, Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron couldn't buy a hit. Not he's pretty much hitting every other game. When he starts hitting every day, he'll truly be hot.

For now, he's lukewarm. But he did peak with a 3-for-4 performance Friday night against Texas. Cron doubled, singled twice and scored in the fourth to raise his average over .200 for the first time.

He has hit safely in just five of his last eight games, but managed multiple hits in three of them and has three doubles during that stretch.


Flurry of strikeouts prompts Ausmus to bench Tigers OF Gose
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:56 pm ET) A spate of strikeouts motivated Brad Ausmus to bench Tigers leadoff hitter Anthony Gose against Cleveland on Saturday.

Gose hadn't stopped hitting - he managed six hits in his last 22 at-bats and owns a .333/.348/.511 slash line on the year with eight runs scored. But he has tallied just twice in the last seven games and has been stirring up plenty of wind. He fanned 10 times in 17 at-bats over the last four games.

"He's just in a little bit of a funk right now," Ausmus told MLB.com. "He's not swinging like was a week ago. It doesn't hurt to give him a day to regroup and work on some things in the cage."


Nick Castellanos homers for only Tigers run in Friday loss
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5:53 pm ET) Nick Castellanos hit his second home run of the season and first since April 10 in the Tigers' loss Friday to Cleveland. 

Castellanos went 1 for 4 and was responsible for Detroit's only run of the night in a 13-1 loss. He improved his average to .259 and recorded his seventh RBI. 


Diamondbacks move Mark Trumbo to the bench Saturday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:53 pm ET) Diamondbacks right fielder Mark Trumbo is on the bench for Saturday's game against the Pirates, with Ender Inciarte moving to right field and David Peralta taking over in left, the team announced.

Trumbo had started four consecutive games for Arizona and will get the day off. Also out of the lineup Saturday is Yasmany Tomas, moving Aaron Hill back to third base. Tomas has started two games at third since being called up and is hitting .400 in 10 at-bats. Cliff Pennington also replaces Nick Ahmed at shortstop, who started the last nine games in a row.

The Diamondbacks are currently the underdogs (+120) against Pittsburgh.


Lonnie Chisenhall drives in two in Indians' Friday win
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5:51 pm ET) Lonnie Chisenhall went 2 for 5 in the Indians' win over Detroit on Friday. Chisenhall doubled, homered and scored twice. 

The third baseman improved his average to .204 with six RBI. The home run was his first of the year. 


Carlos Santana drives in two in Indians' Friday win
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5:49 pm ET) Indians first baseman Carlos Santana drove in two runs in Friday's win over Detroit. Santana went 1 for 3 with a double and two walks. He scored three times and increased his average to .222 with 10 RBI. 

Sizzling Red Sox OF Brock Holt set to sit Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:46 pm ET) A matchup against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has Red Sox center fielder Brock Holt sitting on the bench Saturday despite having slugged a key three-run homer Friday night.

Holt is 2-for-6 against southpaws this season, but is batting .444 against righties. He boasts a tremendous slash line of .424/.441/.576 one one homer and eight RBI in 33 at-bats.


Fight suspensions might get Carlos Rodon in White Sox rotation
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5:45 pm ET) White Sox rookie pitcher Carlos Rodon may end up getting his first career start, thanks to a bench clearing brawl. 

Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale both received five game suspensions that would require them to miss a start. That means Rodon may be called on to fill in. 

"Certainly Carlos is stretched out and does have the ability to start should he be needed," general manager Rick Hahn said, per ESPN. "At the same time we need to balance that against keeping him on the current program [a long-man relief role], as well as some of the other potential alternatives we have within the system to make a spot start should we get to that point. So it is a possibility, but not one we are ready to commit to just at this time."


 
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